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News about Climate Change and our Planet


New DOE grant to develop catalysts for renewable energy generation

(Wayne State University – Office of the Vice President for Research) A new DOE grant led by Wayne State University aims to address the need for new catalysts used for renewable energy generation and storage.

A closer look at water-splitting’s solar fuel potential

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Scientists at Berkeley Lab and the Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP) have gained important new insight into how the performance of a promising semiconducting thin film can be optimized at the nanoscale for renewable energy technologies such as solar fuels.

Revealing destructive cracks in rock

(Texas A&M University) Texas A&M University researcher Dr. Siddarth Misra was given a $548,099 grant on June 7, 2020, from the Department of Energy (DOE) to use technology and machine-learning analysis on provided data measurements to portray the evolution of cracks in solid material so the destruction can be classified even when visibly hidden. This research could have multiple applications, such as benefitting oil and gas energy production, geothermal applications and even nuclear waste storage monitoring.

Dartmouth receives DOE funding to develop concentrated solar power system

(Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth) Engineers at Dartmouth have received a three-year $750,000 grant from the Department of Energy to develop a new high-temperature tubing material for a concentrated solar power system using a patented alloy developed at Dartmouth that could both increase efficiency and decrease the cost of harnessing and storing solar energy.

X-rays recount origin of oddball meteorites

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) X-ray experiments at Berkeley Lab played a key role in resolving the origin of rare, odd meteorites that have puzzled scientists since their discovery a half-century ago. Known as type IIE iron meteorites, they appear to have originated from a parent body that had a composition featuring both fully melted and unmelted parts – other meteorite types display only one composition.

The secret to renewable solar fuels is an off-and-on again relationship

(DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) Copper that was once bound with oxygen is better at converting CO2 into renewable fuels than copper that was never bound to oxygen, according to Berkeley Lab and Caltech scientists.


UCLA receives Department of Energy grant to transform CO2 into construction materials

(University of California – Los Angeles) A UCLA research team has received a two-year, $2 million grant from the US Department of Energy to support development of a process that can convert carbon dioxide emissions into construction materials. The technology they devised captures carbon dioxide from raw flue gas as it exits power plants, cement plants and other producers of carbon dioxide, reducing emissions to the atmosphere. The process also cuts down on the use of traditional cement.